Eur Ing Dr Matthew Dixon FBCS, CITP, CEng

Matthew Dixon has given outstanding voluntary service to the Society over very many years in several areas, contributing an extraordinary amount of unpaid work.

He has served on three BCS Boards in particular:

  • Qualifications and Standards Board (QSB)
  • Professional Standards Board (PSB)
  • Professional Formation Board (PFB)

Other Committees and Groups have included:

  • Government Relations Group
  • Training and Career Development Accreditation Committee, which he chaired
  • contributed analysis to International Policy Committee established by Vice-President John Ivinson
  • Engineering and External Relations Boards

Of particular note was his critical role during 1994-96 in helping to create the Society’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) process under the PFB.

Matthew has represented the Society on the Home Office Sector Advisory Panel which influences government policy on IT practitioner work permits for the immigration system (BCS press release dated 6 February 2007).

Matthew has spent many years contributing to European and international e-skills policy where he:

  • represented the Society on the EU European e-Skills Forum, making significant contributions in labour market definitions and analysis
  • worked with CEPIS on a series of ground-breaking studies: ICT Practitioner Skills in Europe; HARMONISE, Euro-Inf (which led to EQANIE) and Skills Foresight Scenarios: Thinking Ahead on e-Skills for the European ICT Industry
  • co-authored a CEN Workshop Agreement on a European ICT Skills Meta-Framework, leading to the recent CWA on the European e-Competence Framework
  • helped organise, and presented at, the IFIP/OECD/WITSA Joint Working Conference on Global IT Skill Needs: the role of Professionalism

For the Engineering Council, he worked as International Consultant, and continues to serve on the International Advisory Panel, handling the international relations of the UK engineering profession.

He has attended and reported on a series of the Society’s Thought Leadership Dinners.

Beyond the Society, he has been Director (Research and Strategy) at the IT National Training Organisation (responsible for UK IT skills policy before e-skills UK), Chief Executive of the National Association of IT Centres, and Business Development Manager at the National Computing Centre, as well as a series of independent roles. He continues as SEMTA Research Fellow at the Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational PErformance (University of Oxford).

Matthew has a first degree in Engineering Science from Southampton, and a PhD in Control & Systems Engineering from Cambridge. He has produced over 40 publications (in both refereed and practitioner journals), as well as numerous consultancy and other reports, and made many Conference/Workshop presentations.

We recommend him wholeheartedly for an Honorary Fellowship.